Apple iPhone 7: The new Home button needs skin contact
The all new and improved Home button on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus might be less than perfect on a cold day. It seems like it may need skin contact in order to work, according to a bunch of Twitter posts by early users.
Myke Hurley seems to be one of those fellows that has to try out everything with his new iPhone. Apparently he did try to operate the iPhone 7 Home button through a layer of cloth and found out that it did not work. After posting about it on Twitter, he quickly found, that others have had similar experiences with Apple's new Home button that does not click anymore but uses the iPhone's haptic engine to simulate a key press. The culprit seems to be the Touch ID sensor that now recognizes a virtual button press and apparently it needs skin contact to do so.
So if you are wearing gloves, this might not work. Not exactly good news, Winter is coming! There are reports that gloves with capacitive layers sewn in might work, but so far they are not conclusive. This is especially aggravating since the Home button has a much bigger role to play since iOS 10. Slide to unlock is history, you do need your home button to unlock your iPhone in iOS 10, unless you are using Assistive Touch. Maybe third party manufacturers will produce iPhone 7 certified gloves in time for christmas. So far there is no official statement from Apple about this matter.
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As a young tech enthusiast with a history involving assembling and overclocking projects, I ended up working as a projectionist with good old 35-mm films before I entered the computer world at a professional level. I assisted customers at an Austrian IT service provider called Iphos IT Solutions for seven years, working as a Windows client and server administrator as well as a project manager. As a freelancer who travels a lot, I have been able to write for Notebookcheck from all corners of the world since 2016. My articles cover brand-new mobile technologies in smartphones, laptops, and gadgets of all kinds.